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Awfully Good: Bio-Dome

Nov. 14, 2012by: Jason Adams
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Bio-Dome (1996)

Director: Jason Bloom
Stars: Pauly Shore, Stephen Baldwin, Joey Lauren Adams

A horror movie where people are locked in a confined space with Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin.

I think BIO-DOME is Pauly Shores best movie. I know thats not saying much but it's true nonetheless. Even though he's at his Pauly Shoriest, there's something about his chemistry with Stephen Baldwin here that elevates this film to unexpected places. Whether that's ultimately good or bad for society, I don't know. It represents either the pinnacle or the nadir of American cinema.


This is a picture of Kylie Minogue staring at Pauly Shore's butthole. You're welcome, Internet.

To call BIO-DOME a stoner movie is too modest. It's definitely in the upper echelon of all-time stupid movies. Picture a film in the vein of DUMB AND DUMBER, but somehow even less subtle in its stupidity. Now imagine that movie on narcotics. (Or maybe I just felt like I was on drugs after the sensory-assaulting opening credits.) There's so much immature nonsense and uninhibited idiocy on display that it perfectly captures what I found funny at 12 years old. For example, whywith everything else going on in the movieare we subjected to a random news report about a clown being shot and killed by a sniper? Because it's funny and I like it, dammit. (Your mileage may vary.)


And the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay goes to

This is one movie where the title actually sums up the plot pretty well. Bud and Doyle are two legendary idiots who wander in to the Bio-Dome, a closed experimental ecosystem, right before it gets completely locked to the outside world for one year. To prove to their eco-friendly girlfriends that they care about the environment, the pair decides to hunker down and make the most of it. And by that I mean they completely destroy science. You see, in addition to being stupid, Bud and Doyle are manic freaks of nature that are always wreaking havoc and chaos. Within a few weeks, the duo manages to eat most of the food, kill almost all the animals, bathe and fart in the water supply, golf with goats, find and ingest nitrous oxide and somehow throw a party inside.


This man was in THE USUAL SUSPECTS one year prior. Suck it, Brando.

The one saving grace of BIO-DOME is the pairing of Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin. They work well together; sue me. They also achieve an almost brilliant level of discourse and linguistics, as if Shore and Baldwin spent years coming up with their own verbal and physical language for the film. The first time you watch it, there are so many random lines and phrases that make zero sense. But with multiple viewings of BIO-DOME (if you have the gall) you'll begin to decipher what's being said and the sentiment being shared. It's like an anthropological study in dumbass. And in between sucking each others toes, smelling each others farts and nearly French kissing on more than one occasion, you might also notice the blatant homo-eroticism Bud and Doyle share:

Not that there's anything wrong with that...

I know what you're thinking: why wouldn't the scientists just kick them out? And there's no good answer, especially since the filmmakers actually write in a backdoor exit halfway through the movie. It's not like Bud and Doyle crashed the experiment. They literally were there before it even started. Aside from saving the film's plot, are you telling me it wouldn't be more convenient to just postpone everything for a day or two, as opposed to spending a year in confinement with the Weasel and the Slow Baldwin? It's almost as bad as the plot twist that sees the main scientist going crazy and attempting to blow up the Bio-Dome. (If you listen closely you can almost hear the writers getting to the end of the script and saying, "Crap, we don't have any conflict!") Or the shoehorned environmental message that laughably suggests Doofus and Doofuser could actually rally and save the day when literal rocket scientists couldn't.


It's Tenacious D time, you motherf*cker, GO!

Oh well. Keep your eyes peeled while you're looking for plot holes and you might spot Joey Lauren Adams, Kylie Minogue, Rose McGowan and the first ever appearance of Tenacious D!

There's really no good way to sum this up. These are my favorite lines from BIO-DOME.

Some of the most random moments, including murdered clowns, fart games and [gulp] the Safety Dance.

Joey Lauren Adams has thankfully never heard of a bra.


Want to free the mahi mahi? Buy this movie here!

Take a shot or drink every time:
  • Bud and Doyle do something homoerotic
  • Bud and Doyle use a pick up line
  • Someone dances
  • Someone farts
  • A holiday is celebrated
Double shot if:
  • A clown is killed

Thanks to Jeff and Carlos for suggesting this week's movie!

Seen a movie that should be featured on this column? Shoot Jason an email or follow him on Twitter and give him an excuse to drink.

Source: JoBlo.com

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11:52PM on 11/14/2012

Viva Los Bio-Dome!

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9:55PM on 11/14/2012

I wasn't going...

to chime in, but then I saw Bio-dome and could not help myself. It is a representation of an age in cinema, where my brother and I would buy a bucket of popcorn 2 large sodas and laugh at complete and utter shit. Good times man!
to chime in, but then I saw Bio-dome and could not help myself. It is a representation of an age in cinema, where my brother and I would buy a bucket of popcorn 2 large sodas and laugh at complete and utter shit. Good times man!
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1:33PM on 11/14/2012

I agree with everything said but...

The first sentence of this article. You gotta give Encino Man credit. it is the truly the best film in the Shore Canon.
The first sentence of this article. You gotta give Encino Man credit. it is the truly the best film in the Shore Canon.
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11:34AM on 11/14/2012

Nostalgia Critic Bio Dome Review

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Because, you know, why not?
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Because, you know, why not?
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9:29AM on 11/14/2012

I Love This Movie

This movie rocks! One of my favorite because its completely retarded movies. Just take it for what it is and enjoy.
This movie rocks! One of my favorite because its completely retarded movies. Just take it for what it is and enjoy.
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4:30AM on 11/14/2012
I was a MASSIVE Pauly Shore fan and I still am to this day, and you're right Bio-Dome is the best one. It also has a killer soundtrack!
I was a MASSIVE Pauly Shore fan and I still am to this day, and you're right Bio-Dome is the best one. It also has a killer soundtrack!
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8:19AM on 11/14/2012
The Soundtrack rocked.
The Soundtrack rocked.
12:44AM on 11/14/2012

I don't care

I love this absurd movie to the fullest extent that someone can like a Pauly Shore film. And it had no "Weasel" in it lol
I love this absurd movie to the fullest extent that someone can like a Pauly Shore film. And it had no "Weasel" in it lol
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